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Jan L. Woodland Hills, CA

Jan has major credits in Film , Television, Commercials, and Theatre. You may have seen Jan in the movie, "My Sister's Keeper" starring Kathy Bates.
Jan holds a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia.

About Jan

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity. Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition. Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling." Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph

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Freya L. April 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
I love to sing it´s just fun for me and it makes me happy. But I´m not a singer and don´t even want to go up on stage. I´m trying to be a songwriter and I was just visiting a workshop at the songwriting school of LA. And on this evening I met Jan the first time. At the moment I´m travelling and I never thought that I would stay in one city that long. But at this evening when Jan made this workshop I swear you guys, I hadn´t laugh that much for a long time. When she asked me if I´d like to come to the class I just had to say yes. It was a heart decision and I don´t regret it! This woman is a very talented singing teacher and also songwriter with a lot of experience, for sure. But she´s much more than that because you can have a REALLY bad week or day, but the second you walk into that class this woman saves your day! She´s just so funny! Every week I´m looking forward to that day. Of course the most people only want to learn how to sing or to perform but I think it´s also important to feel comfortable and accepted. And she gives everyone the feeling of being accepted and she takes care of every student. And just to be clear, of course it´s not all about fun and of course you´ll learn A LOT. I just want to say that you´ll be enjoying it to learn from her ;) Thank you Jan
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Tysa G. April 10, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
I had the pleasure of attending Jan's "Acting for Singer/Songwriters" class at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles. A door opened for me. I became more courageous. It was a process. And I am forever grateful to Jan for helping me uncover more of my soul's voice.
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jin K. April 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
The thing is, everyone wants to hone their skills when it comes to performance, but getting the skills isn't the only thing that you need to do. That is where Jan comes in, she can teach you how to sing, she can tell you when your act is not up to par. More importantly, she can teach you how to relate to your music (most likely you can't), and how to build a relationship with the audience in the short amount of time you're on stage (you probably don't know how to do that either). Jan has worked with people at every level and so she has really honed her craft when it comes to teaching. If you are a student of music performance, she can take you to that next level no matter where you are at. I've taken voice lessons in a private setting by a former vocal-music pro who has worked with former Mrs. Kentucky winners, and with teachers on the University/Collegiate level. Jan is the best I've had so far.

Notes:
1. Come eager to learn, not eager to talk about your life story. A lot of students go to lessons and talk a lot. You don't want to do that, you will miss out on the instructions and performance philosophies that you need from her. Listen more than you talk.

2. Come with clear objectives. If you don't have them, spend time with her developing those objectives. She is an objective oriented person when it comes to teaching, be an objective oriented student.

3. She has really competitive prices for her teaching quality. The hour is worth it.

4. Come with a lot of respect, she will give you a lot of respect if not more. She treated me almost like I was an old friend, and she is a really charming lady. Be nice to her : )

5. She is a really nice person and won't hurt your feelings. She has really good social awareness so you don't have to be afraid of that. If you can drop your ego at the door and take criticism, go ahead and ask her for that extra bit that you need to get you even further. Have some skin in the game.

6. Don't waste your time trying to figure out how good of a teacher she is during your lesson, you can read that stuff online. Come to her studio to get work done.

7. Ask questions that she can give quick answers to (it helps her know that you're hungry to learn). Bring something to write with.
Michelle G. North Hollywood, CA

Get ready to book work because after you train with me you'll understand how to break down a scene, develop a character, make interesting and truthful choices, engage your emotional instrument, and truly be Captivating to watch on the big screen. I will prep you for auditions, teach you different camera techniques (close us vs 3/4 shot, vs master shot), and so much more. I have a rich background in various acting techniques as well as great insight from the many directors and coaches I have worked with in my own professional career.

About Michelle

Musician/Songwriter/Performer Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. ...

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Sarah G. February 5, 2015
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Spanish has always been difficult for me, but Michelle has helped me so much! She's the first Spanish teacher I actually look forward to seeing each time we have a lesson because she makes the lessons so much fun! She's very funny and easy to work with. Whenever I need to make a change to a lesson she always does everything she can to make it work. I've finally been able to raise my grade in Spanish after working with her!
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Dasheonna A. January 2, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Michelle is an amazing acting coach!! She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She is warm, welcoming, and patient. Working with Michelle has greatly improved my self confidence as an actor. She chooses course material from all different genres, allowing me to feel well rounded and ready to analyze and act out anything put in front of me. I am extremely grateful to have chosen Michelle as my acting coach and excited to see what the future holds for me under her tutelage!!!
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Jessica D. November 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
At the risk of giving away my best kept secret, Michelle is THE BEST!!!

Not only is she an amazing teacher, she is an incredible talent, and awesome person. Her relaxed and nurturing nature enables you to feel super comfortable and excited to learn. She motivates you to try your best and focuses on your strengths, while building and improving upon your weaknesses.

I've taken singing lessons in the past, and after one class with Michelle, I realized, I hadn't learned anything! If you really want to learn in a positive and motivating environment, take classes with Michelle. Just don't sign up for my time slot...I called dibs and I'm going to be taking classes for a while! Lol. =)
Eileen R. Santa Monica, CA

About Eileen

ACTING: I'm a lifetime member of The Actors Studio with a B.A from UCLA and an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. My teaching style is a hybrid which embodies my favorite techniques I've learned throughout my studies & career. I have also worked professionally as a casting director (commercial & film), so I can offer a unique perspective from the other side of the lens. *** Lesson Details *** I tailor each lesson to your individual goals and needs. Some students simply want an introduction to acting and want a supportive and private environment where they can learn and take risks, others want to break into commercials, and yet others are already working on professional careers and want to improve their audition technique to get more callbacks and ...

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Greg A. December 4, 2013
Acting
Verified Student
Eileen is a talented teacher who is inspiring.

Eileen is an exceptional acting teacher. She is warm, caring, and patient. She has a great attitude that inspires me to work my hardest to reach my goals. I originally selected Eileen because of her strong academic background in theater but once I worked with her, I was struck by her energy and enthusiasm making her a perfect mentor to learn from.
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Eileen R. October 3, 2013
Acting
Eileen is terrific!

I call on Eileen whenever I need a coach for upcoming auditions. I love working in her Santa Monica home studio - it's clean, bright, and inviting. I love the way we really break down the scenes together, and I find it really helpful that she puts me on tape to see what works and what doesn't work in an audition situation.
Zhan W. Los Angeles, CA

Working on camera; self awareness; awareness of time; focus and openness

About Zhan

I have been a Acting/Vocal Production teacher in China in past 6 years, I received my Master's degree in Acting from The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China and Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, M.A, the subjects of my teaching include: audition techniques, basic acting techniques, voice production and singing, movements and introduction to theater. I believe Acting is not only an artistic experience but also a deeply personal and emotional experience as well, it will take you to places where you can discover about who you are and what you are capable of. it will open doors for you in the future that to come. *** Lesson Details *** There will be a evaluation session in the beginning, the lessons will be planed after the ...

Vivian R. Los Angeles, CA

The actor will prepare for camera and then be able to keep his/her material to analyze it.

About Vivian

I am originally from Venezuela. I have been a TV and Theater actress since I was 5. I have a Bachelor's degree in business, a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and I am working on my Master's degree in Fine Arts at U.C.L.A. I love to share and teach. I want to help people succeed. I have directed a few shows and help actors prepare for auditions successfully. My most recent training consist of freeing the actor combining tremmoring, Uta Hagen and creating a personal way of gaining confidence to perform. Please feel free to contact TakeLessons for any questions you may have or if you have specific areas you would like to work on (voice, scene study, cold reading, etc) Thank you!

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Jeffrey P. October 29, 2014
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
Vivian is a great teacher. She clearly has experience doing this and her own unique approach to teaching Spanish. I can see her acting experience at play here. One lesson in and my diction in Spanish is significantly improved. Added bonus, I have discovered some cool new music she has me listening to in an effort to improve vocabulary. I definitely recommend Vivian, especially if your focused on learning Spanish as an adult for use in work.
Natalie F. Los Angeles, CA

I have been teaching classical and contemporary acting since 2011 to students ranging in age from 5-65. Whether someone needs coaching on specific material or general guidance, I seek to provide a variety of practical tools for tackling a role and telling a story, as well as knowledge specific to the medium of film. My approach stems from a variety of techniques that I have studied over the years, but every actor works differently, so I strive to tailor my teaching to the individual.

About Natalie

I am an actress/singer/dancer/musician from Los Angeles who is VERY passionate about the arts! I was raised in an artistic family and have studied and pursued the performing arts in some capacity my entire life, Shakespeare and musical theatre being two of my absolute favorites :) I have acted in nearly 30 full-length stage productions, in a variety of short and feature-length films, and on network TV. I have also received vocal training in various singing styles - classical, pop, and musical theatre among them. I have been studying ballet since I was 4 and have also received training in jazz, modern, tap, and hip hop, as well as yoga and pilates. I also play the piano and am comfortable with music theory and sight reading.

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